Seasoned Truck Accident Lawyers Helping Victims in Albuquerque
Unlike cars, trucks need ample distance to come to a complete stop. If a big rig does not have enough stopping distance, it will likely crash into other vehicles or structures. The truck accident attorneys at Parnall Law Firm, LLC represent Albuquerque victims in complex cases, including those caused by a lack of stopping distance. If you were involved in a big rig collision, contact us to discuss your case.
Inadequate Stopping Distance Can Cause Serious Injuries
A truck does not automatically stop at the moment that a trucker hits the brakes. Depending on its size, every vehicle will travel a certain distance from the time that its driver brakes to when it actually stops. The average passenger car needs 316 feet to stop if the driver is traveling at 65 miles per hour in good weather and road conditions and with good brakes. A fully loaded truck, however, would need 525 feet to stop.
Drivers need to leave enough room and time to react to unexpected conditions on the road. Truckers in particular should err on the side of safety because of a truck’s size, load, and longer stopping distance. A big rig driver should leave ample space between his or her vehicle and others to ensure that he or she has enough distance to stop without crashing into them.
Hold Negligible Commercial Drivers and Trucking Companies Accountable
The carelessness of a truck driver can seriously injure other motorists and pedestrians if the vehicle does not have enough time or distance to stop after applying the brakes. Most big rig accident cases that involve a lack of stopping distance are caused by negligence.
This occurs when someone fails to act with the appropriate level of care. Most individuals are required to use care that is reasonable under the circumstances. Motorists in New Mexico, including truck drivers, must take the same precautions that a reasonable person would take behind the wheel. If someone breaches the duty of care and causes an injury, he or she may be legally responsible for any damages related to the harm.
A truck driver’s careless actions can result in insufficient stopping distance. For example, he or she may be overtired and unable to react in time to avoid a crash, or following another vehicle too closely. If the big rig driver’s breach causes accidental injuries, he or she may be held liable for damages.
In addition to the driver, a trucking company may also be liable. If this entity employed the driver, it could be vicariously liable for his or her negligent actions if they occurred during the course of employment. The trucking company may also be directly liable if its own negligence caused or contributed to a stopping distance accident. For example, it may have failed to maintain the truck’s brakes or replace worn-out tires. Or it may have negligently hired, trained or supervised its truck driver.
Spoliation of Evidence and Types of Compensation
Truck accidents can have several causes, and more than one party may be accountable for a crash. A defendant may intentionally lose, misplace, or destroy evidence in an attempt to avoid liability. In New Mexico, a party to a case can bring a separate cause of action for spoliation of evidence. If a court determines that a party engaged in this behavior, it can impose sanctions on the spoliator.
You can seek compensation for your truck accident injuries, ranging from current and expected medical costs, lost income, any reduction in your earning capacity, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. If a relative died in a fatal crash, you may be able to pursue damages for your loved one’s medical costs, burial expenses, and loss of companionship. Injury and wrongful death claims have a three-year statute of limitations in New Mexico.
Discuss Your Big Rig Crash Claim With An Albuquerque Attorney
The litigators at Parnall Law Firm, LLC are seasoned advocates who can help you seek the damages that you deserve. Our big rig crash lawyers provide knowledgeable and tenacious representation to people throughout the Albuquerque area. We can investigate an accident to determine if insufficient stopping distance or other forms of negligence caused your injuries. To schedule a free initial consultation, call our office today at 505-268-6500. You can also contact us by using our online form.